Zwahlen rising up

Junior California quarterback Aaron Zwahlen has lit up the scoreboard the first four games of this season. The underclassman's performance this season has rapidly placed him among the top quarterbacks in the Golden State and tops in the nation among junior performers.

A couple weeks ago, Aaron Zwahlen threw seven touchdowns to tie the state record for the most by a quarterback in a single half.


"After the first quarter we were up 22-0," Zwahlen said. "The week before that we beat Ceres High School 69-7, and that's when I tied the state record for the most touchdowns in a half."

Last week he followed up that performance with a 58-50 shootout against Modesto Christian.

"The quarterback we were playing against committed to Arizona," Zwahlen said. "His name is Nathan Sudfeld from Modesto Christian. Two years ago they won the state championship for that division. Anyways, that's the team we were playing and it was just a battle.

"Sudfeld had around 307 yards and I had 467 yards. It was a great game and it ended with a sack from our defense. The final score was 58-50. I think the score says it all."

Against Modesto Christian, Zwahlen completed 30-of-48 passes and scored five touchdowns. In four games on the season, Zwahlen has done very well as a junior quarterback.

"After the first four games, I have 1,307 yards," Zwahlen said. "I also have 14 touchdowns with only three interceptions. I'm averaging 342.5 yards per game with over a 50 percent completion percentage. I'm 83 out of 138 pass completions with 118 quarterback rating so far."

Those numbers currently place Zwahlen among the top quarterbacks both in California and the nation.

"Right now I'm ranked second for yardage in the entire state of California," said Zwahlen. "Then in the nation I'm currently ranked14th. For juniors I'm ranked fifth in the nation. It's exciting and really fun."

As a sophomore, Zwahlen attended the 2011 Stanford Elite 11 Rise 7 tryouts with 86 other quarterback performers.

"I was pleased with my performance and I'm hoping to go again this year," he said. "I think next year I'll be a lot more experienced, that's for sure."

Zwahlen, who is LDS, plans on attending BYU's summer camp again next year after being named a camp MVP this past summer.

"They haven't sent me any emails yet, but I plan on going to their camp next year and I'm really excited," said Zwahlen. "I was named a camp MVP just this last camp. I'm really excited for camp next year and I love Coach Doman. He's a great person and a great coach and I would love to play there. That's been my dream since I was young."


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